In press photos for Eddie Palmieri's new album Sabiduría, the elegant octogenarian is seen holding a big cigar. No pun may be intended by the twinkly-eyed Palmieri, but even if a cigar is just a cigar, the album makes clear that he is still smoking musically as he leads a line up of multigenerational musicians.
The wild cat, who both salsa and Latin jazz musicians claim as their own, hasn't stopped letting loose on the world's stages with his incredible band. But this is Palmieri's first new album since his 2006 collaboration with Brian Lynch, Simpático, which won a Grammy for best Latin jazz album.
Participants in Palmieri's birthday jam album include Fania violinist Alfredo de la Fé, saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Obed Calvaire and bata player Iwao Sado; as well as Plamieri's core group, which features the great timbale player Luisito Quintero and Jerry Rivero on congas.
Sabiduría is set for release April 21 on Ropeadope. Palmieri, who started his 80th birthday celebration tour last fall (he officially turned 80 on December 15, 2016), will play a string of dates this spring, starting with an appearance with his Latin Jazz Septet March 30 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. His EP @ 80 trek continues through the end of the year. See the full schedule here.